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Thoughts on a Nikon d3200 vs d5300?

Discussion in 'Aquatic Photography' started by John N., Apr 11, 2014.

  1. John N.

    John N. Administrator Staff Member

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    It's been a while since I bought a new camara.

    Looking for thoughts on a Nikon d3200 vs d5300. Or is it all about the lens?

    Thanks,

    John
     
  2. ShadowMac

    ShadowMac Moderator Staff Member

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    I have the D3200 and love it. I'm by no means an expert and purchased the d3200 since it was recommended as a good versatile camera for nature photography and photographing my scapes. I've found I'm the limiting factor when using it.
     
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  3. EChord

    EChord Aspiring Aquascaper

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    I have not shot with either of those two bodies (I have a d80 that I love:love: lol), but in doing a quick read on the two, it seems like there's some improvements on the d5300 that will make a difference in shooting little fishies, assuming this is of importance to your buying decision. :)

    I am primarily looking at the d5300 shooting speed and light sensitivity on this point. The greater ability in those two areas will make it easier not only to capture macro shots of little aquatic critters that suddenly and unexpectedly move, but also easier to capture an overall shot with a school of fish swimming by at just the right moment. Also, in the grand scheme of dSLR cameras, a difference of $100 isn't really that much, considering the 5300 body will likely give you advantages in some key areas assuming your focus is on this type of shooting.

    Now that being said, your glass cannot be ignored either. Good lenses also make a world a difference, and are typically much more of an investment than the body. On the up side, once you buy a lens, they typically carry forward to newer models, since Nikon tends not change its mount. For that matter, very old lenses from the non digital days can often still mount and function on today's cameras, you just do not have certain features like auto focus, or light metering. Please do check on a lens before actually trying an old one on today's cameras, though. There are a couple of the old ones that are not suitable and can damage a newer body.

    The final suggestion I would give you is to try both bodies out and see what you think. You may even check and see if there's a place that does camera rentals in your area, so you can take both bodies home, and get a real feel for them. At the end of the day, the camera needs to please you, and not anyone else.

    Happy shopping! :)
     
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  4. EChord

    EChord Aspiring Aquascaper

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    One other overall tip that applies to anyone investing dSLR camera gear. Get insurance on the gear. In the US, full coverage typically runs about $30-$40 a year, and it will cover theft, breakage due to accidentally dropping it, and so on. Coverage is good at home and when traveling, including traveling overseas. You've got thousands of dollars worth of equipment there, and imo, it's worth getting a little insurance on it.
     
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  5. ShadowMac

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    I know who I'll be going to for camera advice!

    some of my favorite shots with my D3200.
     

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    greenfinger 2 Active Aquascaper

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    Superb I want the DW Then sit back have a cold beer ;) And think how the hell am i going to plant that up :eek: Amano's home tank comes to mind :giggle: Now i am dreaming :sleep::D
     
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  7. EChord

    EChord Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Thanks :) There's lots I don't know, esp compared to pro shooters, but photography has def become something I really enjoy.

    lol@ the corona shot. Nicely staged, and good job using cold bottles so you get the water droplets on the outside. Having been on beaches with the phrase 'water, water everywhere and not a drop to drink' running through my head, makes me want to have one. The shot really came out well - maybe you should try and sell it to them for an ad campaign. :D

    Nice job on the capitol building. Architecture is tricky to shoot, and you managed to capture it well. There's a nice softness to the light on the building, too. Were you there around sunrise/set? Also, very nice blue on the sky. Did you use a filter?

    On the bones beach shots, I think I'd try for a lower shooting angle on both. The DW shot has some very nice movement and color, and if you get down - like almost to the ground - it pulls the viewer in more strongly. Very cool chunk of wood there - you sure you didn't try and take it home? lol btw - where is that beach? It reminds me a bit of Oregon. Looks like a very cool place.

    Here's a couple shots of mine that are personal favs. :)
     

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  8. Greg Porter

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    All about the lens in my opinion - what lenses can you afford to get for each model?
     
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    Greg Porter

    A quality camera deserves quality lenses and that is where the money is.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     

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